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Footwear


Brooks have been around since 1914 and have focused entirely on running since 2001.  With Brooks proving more popular than ever, we're pleased to be able to offer a range of footwear with an abundance of comfort, technical expertise and stylish good looks.  There's a Brooks for almost every runner out there.

We've pieced together a selection which covers the 'armchair' training shoe, through the sightly more responsive 'trainer racer', through to the 'door-to-trail' do all shoe, for those who like to explore and leave the tarmac behind on occasion.

Like ourselves, Brooks make a point of prioritising the runner in all that they do, so there's as much attention to how the shoes make you feel, as there is on their potential for a PB.  Their mantra....

See for yourself by calling in to try, or selecting 'footwear' above.

Brooks Belief

We live, work, and run as part of a global community

The planet is our home. And because more than 100 million people worldwide run outside, it’s critical we take care of it. As we create new gear and run our global business, we seek to minimize our environmental impact, create positive social change and be transparent about areas where we can do better. In addition, we aim to give back to the communities in which we operate, lifting causes that get people moving. Doing what’s right for people and the planet is a lifelong race. And we’re running it.

RUNNING RESPONSIBLY

 

 

Running Responsibly Overview

Vision

Create the best running gear in the world while we reduce our environmental impact in line with climate science, create positive social change and be transparent about these efforts.

Our Aims

Our focus to realize this long-term vision is to achieve Brooks’ Running Responsibly brand goals in the following areas:

  • Product Sustainability: reduce the environmental impact of our product through a focus on materials, waste and chemicals
  • Climate Action: reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with climate science
  • Responsible Sourcing: partner with our suppliers to achieve and continuously improve upon the Brooks Supplier Code of Conduct and Responsibly Sourcing Standards

Transparency

We’re committed to providing transparency to our customers and wider stakeholders on our goals and progress. We’re committed to adopting the Higg Index as one of the primary vehicles for providing that transparency. Publicly communicating Higg Index scores will be available to brands beginning in 2020 and we plan to align with that timeline.

PRODUCT SUSTAINABILITY

Our products' environmental impacts are rooted in decisions made in the design process. Through the collection of relevant sustainability information, we empower our designers to make informed design decisions that deliver premium product that performs at the highest level while incorporating more sustainable choices.

In 2009 we conducted a product life-cycle assessment to understand the environmental impact of our best-selling footwear and apparel styles. We use insights from this assessment and industry knowledge to prioritize the focus areas of our product sustainability approach.

Design for Sustainability

The creation of waste during footwear manufacturing can be significantly altered by the decisions made during product design. We've implemented a program to provide feedback loops to our footwear designers that evaluates the waste impact that is a result of those design choices.

Central to this program is the calculation of the pattern efficiencies for each part of our core styles' footwear uppers. The shape of these different parts is the key contributor for the amount of waste created during manufacturing. We track this through an average upper pattern efficiency metric that is fed-back to our design team at key product development milestones. The objective of this program is to empower designers to make smarter decisions that will reduce our products’ footprint.

Environmentally Preferred Materials

Developing industry-leading performance running footwear and apparel requires careful selection of materials that will meet the high-performance and quality standards we demand in our products. In recognition of their high environmental impact we're working hard behind the scenes to select materials that are better for both your run and the environment.

Recycled Polyester and Biodegradable Midsoles in Footwear: Our footwear team has been focused on incorporating more sustainable materials into our footwear products for the last seven years. Their focus is on two of our highest volume materials; polyester and EVA, used in the upper mesh and midsole respectively. For the polyester, we seek a minimum 20% recycled content and all midsoles use BioMoGo DNA that includes an organic, non-toxic additive that biodegrades the midsole 50 times faster than traditional EVA when it comes into contact with anaerobic landfill microbes.

Apparel Fabric Certifications

In 2014, Brooks partnered with bluesign® technologies, as a bluesign system partner. Our partnership provides our product creation teams with access to the blueguide®, a tool that helps them to prescreen fabrics that use more sustainable textile preparations (e.g., dyes and detergents) and that are from facilities that have undergone rigorous assessments for environmental standards and worker health and safety.

Restricted Substances Program

Our restricted substances program exists to ensure our products are safe. Our Restricted Substances List (RSL) underpins the program and defines those substances that we restrict or eliminate from our products. It includes at a minimum all chemicals that are regulated by the most stringent legal regulations in any region globally, including EU REACH, and CA Prop 65. We also voluntarily restrict or eliminate many other substances that are hazardous for humans or the environment, but that are not yet being regulated by any government body. We identify those substances through a variety of resources, some of which include AAFA, AFIRM, ChemSec, and other leading industry organizations. We continually review chemical impact assessments and make updates to our RSL at least once per year.

All materials in Brooks’ product must comply with our RSL. We communicate our restricted substances requirements to all of our suppliers through our RSL and maintain this understanding through our RSL Compliance Agreement, which is signed by all suppliers with each updated version of our RSL.

Footwear Material and Product Testing

Our material and product testing programs upholds our RSL Compliance Agreement with suppliers in order to ensure that our RSL is meeting its objectives. Every new footwear material introduced to the Brooks supply chain is required to be tested by an independent third-party testing body approved by Brooks and subsequently retested at least annually. In addition, Brooks reserves the right to randomly select and test at any stage of production, including in materials, components, or finished products. We actively engage with our footwear suppliers on our restricted substances program, providing annual training on how to adopt and adhere to our RSL and how to manage their own suppliers.

Apparel Materials

We require all apparel material suppliers to acquire either third-party certifications (bluesign or Oeko-tex) or a Restricted Substances test report to verify the material is compliant with our RSL. We actively work with suppliers to continually meet this requirement.

Durable Water Repellent (DWR) Treatments: Water repellency is an essential functional component for many of our apparel and footwear styles. Water repellency is achieved through the use of Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatments, which traditionally use fluorinated chemicals that are able to achieve the high levels of repellent performance required. However, fluorinated chemicals are known to break down into perflourinated chemicals such as PFOA and PFOS, that are persistent, bioaccumulative and have toxicological properties.

A more responsible option when choosing between different DWR technologies is to use short-chain flourochemical water repellents, which have been found to be less-toxic than long-chain DWR varieties. Like many in our industry, we have eliminated long chain DWR treatments from our apparel and footwear lines, and use only short chain formulations.

Short chain DWR is not an end-goal solution to the environmental concerns of DWR. We continue to work with the industry to find more sustainable solutions that keep our products performing at the high standards we expect.

Volatile Organic Compounds

Traditional solvent-based chemicals used in footwear assembly can release Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that can be harmful to human health and the environment. To address that impact and improve conditions for workers at the factories we have created a goal to be free of VOCs and other toxic chemicals in footwear assembly. We're making significant year-over-year progress in increasing the percentage of water-based adhesives and we continue to work with our suppliers to test water-based primers as they become commercially available.

To minimize the impact of solvent-based inks in apparel, we require our suppliers to use a bluesign-approved printer wherever possible. Doing this safeguards the health of the employees at the facility by ensuring that priority hazardous chemicals are measured and managed through an appropriate abatement system.

Product Packaging

Our Shoebox Since 2008, we've committed to providing industry-leading packaging while simultaneously reducing its environmental impact. Through a focus on dematerialization and maximum utilization of recycled and recyclable materials, we're making strides towards a box that's better for the environment. In 2012, we set a materials weight reduction goal to further focus our efforts. We're making great progress towards this target and we're continually challenging our supply base to play an active role in continuing to find solutions to progress.

Higg Index: Product Sustainability Assessment Tool

The Product Design and Development Module (DDM), is one of the Higg Index suite of tools developed by the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). Grounded in science, the DDM helps our product teams to clearly understand the impact of their decisions on overall product sustainability, and provide directional guidance on opportunities to improve, driving overall more sustainable design choices. The tool brings our key product sustainability focus areas into one score, helping us to benchmark against our industry peers to better understand how high we can aim in improving our key product sustainability metrics and strategies.